Skip to main content

Telephone Poles


A new series

If you have not noticed, I love recognizing and photographing patterns and series. There is something in having a few or a few hundred images all very different yet binded together by a common element. It can be something very complex or meaningful, or it can be something as simple as shapes and forms.

Back in 2007 I made it my quest to photograph telephone poles. The reason at the time was unclear, but once I started there was no stopping me and now the series stands at over 150 telephone poles from 15 states so far. The vast variety of textures and shapes is astounding, and even though at times I am mocked for randomely pulling over on the road because I see an interesating telephone pole, in the end it has been worth it.

I have quite a number of series growing at present. Along with this first series of telephone poles I am now working, as you know, on a series of houses all shot with a fish eye and warped by adding a texture in the background via Photoshop. This series too continues to grow and is around 50 thus far. Other smaller series such as smoke photography, water droplets, facial expression portraiture (a new series I started a month ago where a series of five images of a persons head are photographed, each with different expressions. So far I have photographed four people in the series and it too plans to keep growing), and my newest series of black and white shots of downtown (with darkened edges). It is a lot to keep track of and organized but I find much enjoyment categorizing and organizing these elements of our world as best I can and look forward to whatever series I start in the future.

About the Author

Nicholas Klein

Founder and visual artist, specializing in all aspects of a businesses presence from imagery and video to graphics and web. A graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Concentration Photography as well as an Associates Degree in Business. His personal photography works are focused on landscape, travel, and aerial photography.